State of the Airlines

Friday, January 07, 2005

NEWS: Here come the union deals.

Well that didn't take long. United Airlines is reporting that is has reached a tentative agreement with its mechanic's union and that they are close to a deal with their flight attendants. All of this just one day after US Airways voided the mechanic union's contract and on the same day that a judge set aside the agreement between United and their pilot's union. Two observations. First, its not lost on me that two United unions make a deal immediately after the pilot's union deal got vaporized. Maybe the judge got it right when he indicated that the deal was unfair and a potential roadblock to the other unions settling up with United. Second, its an ironic twist that the United pilots union, who were the first to make a deal, are now the last major union at United without a deal. Go figure.